Top 10 reasons kids should become junior golfers

Categories: Character Education

At The First Tee, golf is more than a game. Our programs use golf as a way to help your child learn how to set goals, resolve conflicts, develop leadership skills and more—all while having fun!

Here are our top 10 reasons youth should play golf!

Written by Beth Brown, Ph.D., LPGA Member, Managing Director, Curriculum and Research at The First Tee.

10. Enjoy the outdoors: Young people should play golf because it is an opportunity to spend a few hours in the fresh air. While playing golf, kids and teens can experience all types of fauna and flora.

Kids and teens can make life-long friendships out on the golf course.

9. Develop lifelong friendships: You never know who you will meet on a golf course and interaction with others allow kids to develop social skills.

8. Practice personal responsibility: Sometimes the ball doesn’t always bounce your way, but regardless of the outcome, there is no blaming your teammates for what happens.

7. Have a safe place to play: The golf course is a safe place and facilitates mentoring relationships in a safe environment.

6. Manage emotions: Golf closely parallels real life as one experiences the highs and lows of the game. This range of experience from birdies to triple bogeys rewards a young person’s ability to keep each shot in perspective, manage one’s emotions, maintain a positive outlook and focus on the shot at hand.

5. Appreciate diversity: Golf is a game that can be played for a lifetime by anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size or skill level.

Kids and teens show sportsmanship and respect.

4. Prepare for business: Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in business and other professional arenas.

3. Learn etiquette: Young people should play golf because it is based on characteristics that are missing in our society. Golf places an emphasis on etiquette. In golf there is no judge or referee; instead, players govern themselves and fellow competitors.

2. Spend time with family: Golf is a game that encourages family participation.

1. Wellness for life: With the youth obesity epidemic in our country, golf is a sport that helps young people get off the couch. When you play golf, walking the golf course and carrying your bag, a 150-pound person burns 350 calories and walks more than 10,000 steps.

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6 responses to “Top 10 reasons kids should become junior golfers

  1. All of these are great points. Just to add to point #4 regarding Golf providing preparation for business careers, consider that no less than the Harvard Business Review has indicated this connection in their review of the 5 essential skills for successful business careers:

    1. The ability to filter through reams of data to isolate and focus against the most important elements for successful business model building.

    2. The ability to convert vision into a workable plan and then effectively execute against it.

    3. Adapatability to challenges and learning from mistakes.

    4. Emotional continuity and eveness along with non-failing grace under pressure and ability to bounce-back from set-backs.

    5. Ability to communicate and negotitate toward solutions both with supporters as well as opponents to maintain positive market momentum.

    I cannot think of another sport that puts as much responsibility in each of these areas on the individual participant as golf does. When you think of most team sports they have a “manager” or “coaching” staff that assumes many of these functions. In other individual one on one sports such as tennis, there are many challenges similar to golf but still not as many variables to contend with such as a playing surface and dimensions that change with each shot, the sheer # of skilled athletes competing at the same time….tennis is just one match at a time whereas golf is the whole field competing all at once.

    So the skills set that allows you to plan your way around the golf course, keep your emotions under control, staying solution oriented which is another way of saying adaptible, graceful and courteous to competitors ( negotiating ) while still maintianing laser focus on your task are common in both golf and business success. And maybe having some FUN along the way too!

  2. I am and have always been a great supporter of The First Tee program. I like your ten reasons but believe that #2 is huge. I read an article that family values are at an all time low. What other sport can families play together!! This needs to get more “mileage.”

  3. I didn’t realize that there were so many benefits to kids learning how to play golf. Of course, I assumed that there would be physical benefits from playing outside, but some of these are really important. In particular, I like that it can help kids adapt to challenges since that is something that the real world will always be throwing at them.

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